All winter the bog garden slumbers away with not a sign of the delights to come later in the year. Nearly all the plants die back to nothing, some disappear altogether, so there is nothing to tempt me to go to that part of the garden, until now that is. All of a sudden, it was important to get all the weeds out as the plants are rushing into flower faster that you can say “candelabra primula”!
Primula japonica Millers Crimson and Postford White.
A lovely peach coloured variety.
Zantedeschia aethiopica has just started sending up its beautiful flower spikes, I can see 6 so far, the flowers are huge when they unfurl.
Variegated Iris pseudacorus keeping company with the primulas.
At the back of the border, the flowers of euphorbia palustris form the green section of my rainbow, shown here with a blue Aquilegia which has put itself there!
Other coloured primulas, reds, orange, lilacs and yellows are still to come, some of them have only just popped up through the soil and are still very tiny. While waiting for them, foliage plants are growing fast and furiously.
Astilbes and Hostas are growing at a fast rate of knots, here they have Lemon Balm for company, but I’ll have to keep an eye on it so that it doesn’t seed everywhere.
I think this Rogersia is my favourite foliage plant, it is so beautiful!
Shades of green from ferns, hostas and astilbe with an Iris pseudacorus in front. This iris will be allowed to flower this year, but then get pulled out as all the others are further back.
The foliage of this astilbe contrasts well with the hosta and lemon balm.
The hostas all love the permantly damp soil, this one is spreading nicely to form a good sized clump.
You can almost see the hostas growing each day. In front is Primula japonica Postford White.
The fern, Mateuccia struthiopteris, revels in the permantly damp soil, shown here with astilbe in front.
The very end of the border where the blossom on Viburnum plicatum Maresii echoes the white of the hosta.
The rhododendron at the back of the border where it is drier, picks up the colours of the primulas.
Everything is growing so quickly in the warmer weather we are having, with the odd shower, the plants are revelling in it.
The view through from the middle of the rhododendron bed, its amazing what you see when you’re weeding!
All the weeding in this bed has been done now…..phew, just in time, I can now enjoy the lovely plants with a clear conscience.
I suppose June is the main month for flowers in the bog, with the other coloured primulas flowering along with a variety of iris and astilbes and hopefully the rogersia. Colour carries on into July, so I feel this area earns its space. Not bad for a soggy, boggy bit of ground where everything was dying when we moved here!